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Since 2004, the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria has steadily been providing treatment, care and support for living with and affected with HIV/AIDS as part of the PEPFAR program in the country. These vital tasks are carried out by a multidisciplinary team of professionals working together in the overlapping fields of medicine, science and humanities. Some of these professionals include:

 

Prof. William Blattner

Member - Board of Directors
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William A. Blattner MD is the Co-Founder of the Institute of Human Virology (IHV), University of Maryland School of Medicine and Founder of the IHV-Nigeria. He retired from IHV in January 2016 after 20 dedicated years as the Associate Director of IHV, Director of IHV’s Division of Epidemiology and Prevention and Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Dr. Blattner received his undergraduate bachelors (Phi Beta Kappa) and medical doctor (Alpha Omega Alpha) degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. His training in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital and New York Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute, and Medical Oncology training at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda led to his Board Certification in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

 

From 1974 to 1995 his seminal research in collaboration with Dr. Robert C. Gallo documented the role of HTLV-1 in the etiology of adult T-cell leukemia and other diseases and from 1981 the role of HIV-1 in AIDS including studies that proved Koch’s postulates in causation, its modes of transmission and natural history, studies of pathogenesis and the first peer-reviewed publication of the sensitivity and specificity of the HIV blood test. He has authored over 400 peer reviewed publications, many targeting the international dimensions of the epidemic. In 1995 he retired as Chief of the Viral Epidemiology Branch with the rank of Captain in the Public Health Service to cofound IHV. He received continuous funding from National Institutes of Health until his retirement from IHV in 2016. He received the John Snow Award of the American Public Health Association in 2002 and the Washington University Distinguished Alumnus award in 2015 for his pioneering research on human retroviruses.

 

In 2004, he founded the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria that through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program has screened over 6.6 million for HIV infection including 2.6 million women screened for prevention of mother to child transmission and among HIV positives. Over 342,000 received basic care and support and 242,000 received ARV therapy including 16,000 children.

 

Prof. Alash'le G. Abimiku

Co-Founder and Executive Director, International Research Center of Excellence at the Institute of Human Virology-Nigeria

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Prof. Alash'le Abimiku is a co-founder and the Executive Director of IHVN’s International Research Center of Excellence. An accomplished virologist credited with pioneering early HIV research in Nigeria and laying the groundwork for the establishment of IHVN, Prof. Abimiku is a Professor of Medicine at the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention of the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA. She was profiled in Science (2004; 304:1288) as a scientist with "a foot in each country" that has successfully acted as a lynchpin between her home country and the developed world.

Educated at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria, and the London School Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Prof. Abimiku aims to epidemiologically characterize viruses from selected target study populations and HIV disease models in Nigeria to understand the pathogenesis of HIV and for HIV prevention programs including HIV vaccine research.

Building on her postdoctoral training in Prof. Robert Gallo's laboratory at the National Institutes of Health when she isolated and characterized non B subtype G HIV-1 isolates in Nigeria for the first time, she was instrumental in the establishment of a state-of-the-art two-storey research facility named the Plateau State Human Virology Research Center (PLASVIREC), also fondly called the "The Robert Gallo House" in Jos, Nigeria which has spring boarded many HIV research, training and capacity building activities funded by the Harvard's Bill and Melinda Gates AIDS Prevention Initiative for Nigeria (APIN), World AIDS Foundation, the US Department of Defense, CDC-UTAP, and PEPFAR where she has acted as Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI.

As member of the WHO Vaccine Advisory Committee and the HIV Research for Prevention, Prof. Abimiku is strategically placed to promote HIV prevention research in Nigeria.

Prof. Abimiku is a recipient of National Award of the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) for her contribution in enhancing the quality of laboratory medicine in Nigeria.

 

Dr. Patrick Dakum

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
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Dr. Patrick Dakum is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria. He leads IHVN’s CDC PEPFAR and the Global Fund programs to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

He coordinates the interdisciplinary responsibilities of the Institute for effective program output in addition to providing overall management of the Nigerian team in implementing the Institute’s provision of comprehensive HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment in Nigeria and in addressing multi-drug resistant TB prevention and control.

Dr. Dakum also liaises with other US Government partners and the Government of Nigeria partners to ensure the success of the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) ACTION Project now ACTION-PlusUp in the country. Through the Fogarty-sponsored UM-IHV AITRP research training grant, Dr. Dakum is brokering a research training agenda to build capacity of IHVN and several academic and research partners linked through the PEPFAR program.

Former Information and later Health Commissioner in the Government of Plateau State of Nigeria, Dr. Dakum trained as a medical doctor at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria and Lagos University Teaching Hospital where he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health. His public health career has spanned through the telecommunication industry (NITEL), multilateral agencies (UNFPA), bilateral agencies implementing partners (AVSC, CEDPA, CIDA) and local NGOs (Help International).

Dr. Dakum, who was also a UNFPA local consultant to the French Embassy and Canadian CIDA on health sector bilateral assistance, loves to play table tennis and is a biblical scholar.

 

Mr. Charles Mensah

Chief Operating Officer (COO)/Managing Director

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Mr. Charles Olalekan Mensah is the Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer (MD/COO), of the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria and also an Ex-officio Director of the Board. He is responsible for the effective and efficient corporate operations of the Institute including administration, finance, contract administration, and supply chain to support treatment, care and support activities for thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and other diseases in Nigeria.

 

Mr. Mensah in this technical and administrative position provides comprehensive oversight for the management of key areas of corporate operations including; strategic planning, financial management, human resources management, grants management, and supply chain management for the Institute in providing HIV/AIDS testing, counseling, treatment, and education to more than 220,000clients throughout Nigeria. He also develops short and medium-term strategic plans for resource management and space acquisitions, establishing site agreements with community organizations and external facilities. The MD/COO provides technical input and leadership in the daily management of IHVN accounts ensuring timely analysis, reconciliation, and reporting of transferred funds.

 

Charles Mensah is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA), and a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and the International Society for Research Administration (SRA). He trained at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria where he earned Higher National Diploma in Accountancy in 1985 and the University of Baltimore, where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree in 2001. He is presently working for his PhD degree in Health Care Administration at the Walden University, USA. He is married with children and loves to play soccer, badminton, table tennis and lawn tennis.

 

Professor Clement Adebamowo

Executive Director, Strategic Information

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Professor Clement Adebamowo is the Director for Global Health Cancer Research at the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention of the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA, where he is working with colleagues at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center and University of Maryland College Park to develop a research program on cancer disparities among Africans in Africa, recent African immigrants to the United States and African Americans in order to better understand the role of genetics, environment cultural and socio-economic factors in cancer prevention, treatment seeking behavior and outcomes.

He is also the Executive Director of Strategic Information at the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN). He provides technical assistance in developing the research department at IHVN and ensures that all research emanating from the Institute is of high quality. Through this infrastructure and the Institute of Human Virology's large HIV treatment and prevention program in Nigeria, faculty members and those of collaborating partners in Nigeria will be able to conduct social and behavioral and epidemiology research as well as clinical trials.

A Professor of Surgery, Prof. Adebamowo was the head of the Institute of Advanced Medical Research and Training at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan. He is also the current Chairman of the National Health Research Ethics Committee of Nigeria and Director of the West Africa Bioethics Training Program funded by the United States' National Institute of Health.

Clement is a Professor of Cancer Epidemiology at the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention of the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA. He is also the Principal Investigator of the National Institute of Health (NIH) funded African Collaborative Center for Microbiome and Genomics Research (ACCME), which is one of the NIH/Wellcome Trust funded human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Initiative on genomics research and education in Africa. As part of this project, he established a comprehensive genomics laboratory in Nigeria including facilities for epigenetics and next generation sequencing using Illumina NextSeq500. The genomics lab is linked to an NIH funded biorepository at IHVN.

Professor Adebamowo enjoys reading, walking and watching movies.

 

Dr. Man Charurat

Senior Technical Advisor, Strategic Information

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Man E. Charurat is Professor of Medicine, Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention, Institute of Human Virology (IHV), and Senior Technical Advisor, Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHV-Nigeria).

Dr. Charurat is an international leader in the field of epidemiological studies of populations at high risk of HIV and AIDS. For the last 15 years, he has dedicated his research and program implementation efforts to the HIV and AIDS public health crisis in Nigeria. Dr. Charurat received his Masters of Health Science in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and PhD in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2002.

His research career began with studies of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Nigeria, publishing on the ability of highly effective antiretroviral treatment of the mother to eliminate pediatric transmission and later documented the adverse consequences of “mixed” feeding of African infant Recently, through a NIH funded grant, he began investigating HIV exposed uninfected infants and the role of the gut microbiome in developmental delays. His studies involving most at risk populations are at the cutting edge of current global strategies. His work in this arena documented the dynamics of acute HIV infection and laid the foundation for subsequent studies that mapped transmission hotspots which in turn led to successful NIH key population research grant funding (TRUST Project) that employ sophisticated recruitment strategies to engage Men having Sex with Men (MSM) in treatment and prevention services and documenting the impact of treatment as prevention and stigma. Most recently, expanding upon the TRUST study, a new NIH grant (Building TRUST) integrates phylodynamic modeling to pattern incidence and prevalence over time. Finally, Dr. Charurat’s newly funded research study entitled, “The Adolescent to Adult Patient-centered HIV Transition (ADAPT),” is designed to recognize the major drivers of loss to follow up in the ART continuum of care cascade among adolescents and identify effective interventions. His infant/child, adolescent and MSM population research in Nigeria is instrumental in guiding agencies in rolling out effective programs to reach Nigeria’s 90-90-90 HIV treatment targets.

In addition to his research studies, Dr. Charurat continues implementation efforts to strengthening the healthcare system. As a Senior Technical Advisor to IHV-Nigeria, he provides advanced training in biostatistics and epidemiology methods and statistical and methodologic support for the Institute’s ACTION PlusUp Project, with particular emphasis on core interventions for epidemic control. Dr. Charurat is the Principal Investigator on the CDC funded NigeriaQUAL, the national clinical quality improvement program in Nigeria, and he is PI of the SHIELD project. The SHIELD project is funded to support the PEPFAR Nigeria program M&E processes for a more robust, routine data quality assessment and improvement, strengthen the Health Management Information System (HMIS), improve the National Data Repository, and conduct outcome evaluation studies to assess effectiveness of national strategies such as test and treat, community ART, and index partner testing initiatives.

 

Dr. Mrs. Emilia Iwu

Senior Technical Advisor, Community Medicine

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As the Senior Technical Advisor, Community Medicine at IHVN/ACTION Project now ACTION Plus Up since 2006, Dr. Mrs. Iwu provides oversight for community-based programs and technical support for nursing education, mentoring and role integration for comprehensive care for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV)

Her major research interests include identification of best community based practices to support treatment adherence and investigating the impact of upgrading nursing and community health workers’ capacity at traditional clinics/health centers to support HIV care and treatment as part of a health care team.

Dr. Iwu completed her basic nursing and midwifery education at the University of Nigeria, Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu and Iyienu Hospital, Ogidi before leaving to practice in the USA. She obtained a BA in School Health Services from Rowan University of New Jersey; BS, MSc and PhD in Nursing from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey.

She is on the faculty of Rutgers School of Nursing, Newark and remains in clinical practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Southern New Jersey. Before joining Rutgers, Dr. Iwu worked at the School of Nursing, University of Maryland, where she helped design and implement a global health certificate program. She actively engages with the Nursing and Midwifery Council Nigerian, nurse educators and leaders. She coordinated the development of a national HIV/AIDS curriculum which is currently implemented at pre- licensure nursing, midwifery and community health practitioner schools in Nigeria. Reading, traveling, cooking and spending quality time with family are her hobbies.

 

Dr. Ernest Ekong

Director/HOD Clinical Medical Services

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Dr. Ernest Ekong, is the Director of Clinical Medical Services of the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), as well as Director, Health Programs, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, USA. He is a Public Health Physician, and has a rich and very extensive general medical and clinical knowledge and care of HIV/AIDS patients. He provides leadership and direction for comprehensive integration of health care services, program and fiscal management, as well as strategic vision for a sustainable quality care and support in all IHVN programs.

As the Director of Clinical Medical Services, Dr. Ekong develops regional and country specific strategies that incorporate Clinical Medical evidence and science and population based planning and intervention while ensuring that the services are managed prudently and within the agreed financial guidelines. He coordinates regular review of all work plans with technical teams to ensure that implementation is on track and that resources and technical assets are well positioned and facilitated to deliver efficient clinical services.He brings on board effective capacity building and technical support to coordinate and oversee technical assistance to IHVN staff in building a high quality service-oriented team.

Dr Ekong, who was previously Country Director of the Harvard PEPFAR in Nigeria, has acted variously as Consultant Clinical and Administrative services to the Harvard University on PEPFAR, Clinical Director of AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN) program, Consultant on antiretroviral therapy to the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA). He is a member of many national and international expert groups including the National Task Team on Antiretroviral Treatment, Task team on the Decentralization of antiretroviral treatment Services, and member of the Industry Liaison Forum of the International AIDS Society.

He was educated at the University of Lagos College of Medicine where he earned a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree in 1982, and later a Master of Public Health degree from the same University. He also has a Doctorate Degree in Public Health (Epidemiology) obtained in 2013. He has various other professional qualifications. Dr. Ernest Ekong is the Vice Chairman of the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Research Network, Trustee of the Nigeria HIV/AIDS/Vaccine and Microbicide Society. He is Adjunct Professor of University of Houston, USA, Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health, Fellow of the American Public Health Association, Member of the International Epidemiological Association and Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

A multilingual, Dr. Ekong is happily married with three children.

 

Dr. Anthony Okwuosah

Director/HOD Community Medicine Services Department

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Dr. Anthony Okwuosah, a physician of over two decades is the Director of Community Medicine Department of the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN). As the Director of Community Medicine Services Department, Dr. Okwuosah will be providing leadership and direction for comprehensive integration of health care services, program and fiscal management as well as strategic vision for a sustainable quality care and support in all IHVN programs.

Dr. Okwuosah, who until his appointment as the Director of Community Medicine Department of IHVN, was the Senior Program Specialist, HIV Treatment at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and at a time the Acting Unit Lead, HIV Continuum of Care at CDC. He will also be collaborating with facilities and community-based partners while assisting in the development of comprehensive, integrated community care system programs to promote, improve and maintain community health.

Apart from Integrating patient-focused care using interdisciplinary health care teams and partnering with community agencies and organizations, Dr. Okwuosah will be ensuring that structured community services are provided in all the facilities and communities that are being supported by the Institute. These services include care and support, prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT) services, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) services, HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) and prevention services through linkages with communities.He will also be overseeing and facilitating linkages of community-based services with HIV programs at National, State, NGO, Faith Based Organization (FBO) and Community Based Organization (CBO) levels with IHVN supported sites.

Dr. Okwuosah was educated at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree in 1983, and the University of Lagos, Lagos where he also received a Master of Public Health degree in 1992. He has also attended many course within and outside the country especially in the area of Plan Management, Project Management Financial management and Compliance, International Contract and Field Epidemiology and laboratory Training. Dr. Okwuosah did his residency program at the Park Lane General Hospital in Enugu and was a medical officer in several hospitals in Lagos before becoming the Medical Director, Medical Rehabilitation Center in Lagos.

Dr. Okwuosah, who is a fine footballer, is a Fellow of the Private and General Medical Practitioners of Nigeria. He is happily married with three children.

 

Mr. Debo Olateju

Director, Finance Department

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Debo Olateju is the Institute's Head of Finance Department with the responsibility of harmonizing and ensuring proper management of IHVN's financial functions. Since his assumption at the Institute, he has effectively harmonized processes and procedures at all the treatment sites that IHVN is supporting and revitalized its standard operating procedures for all the operating sites.

 

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and Chartered Institute of Taxation, Debo was educated at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta in Nigeria and the University of Ibadan, where he received a Higher National Diploma in Accountancy and a Master Business Administration Degree respectively.

 

A former Assistant Vice President in charge of regional administration, marketing, and operations at First City Monument Bank Plc in Abuja, Nigeria, Debo spends most of his leisure playing the game of golf and traveling.

 

Mr. Fredrick A. Hayes

Director, Administration Department

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Mr. Fredrick Hayes oversees the Human Resources, Office Management, Building Services, Fleet Management, Facilities/Operations, Security, Legal & Board Matters Units of the Institute. As Director of Administration, he provides support in these areas for effective and efficient program implementation with guidance of the Chief Executive Officer & Chief Operating Officer/Managing Director.

 

Mr. Hayes, is a Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (Chartered), a full member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, a Full Member of the Nigeria Economic Society, etc. He graduated from the Lagos State University and the University of Port Harcourt, where he bagged double honours degree in Economics/Education and Master degree in Business Administration respectively. He has attended several local and international management trainings. Mr Hayes has a combined 31 years work experience in Administration in the middle and Senior management levels cutting across private and Public sectors of the Nigerian Economy. He is happily married with children.

 

Dr. Sam Peters

Director Clinical Laboratory Services

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Dr. Sam Peters is currently the Director Clinical Laboratory Services and directs activities in this area of IHVN work (including PCR and Sequencing). Having led in curriculum development for Clinical Laboratory Trainings, he now focuses on HIV gene sequencing and genotyping.

 

He played a major role in overseeing the smooth roll out of Early Infant Diagnosis for HIV/AIDS at hospitals supported by IHVN as well as led in personnel capacity building and in the identification of the first case of avian influenza in human in Nigeria.

 

Dr. Peters attended the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria and the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom for his undergraduate and doctoral trainings, respectively. He was a Senior Academic at Cambridge University's School of Clinical Medicine, and at the same time a Visiting Scientist at the Medical Research Council's UK Human Genome Mapping Project, Resource Center, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridge, UK. He loves traveling, reading and sports in general.

 

Dr. Nicaise Ndembi

Director Laboratory Research
BSc., MSc., MPhil., Ph.D

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Dr. Ndembi, did his PhD in Molecular Virology at Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan employing molecular techniques in collaboration with his mentors Prof. Hayami Masanori and Prof. Lazare Kaptue to study linkages between non-human primate retroviruses and human retroviruses in West Central Africa. This led to important publications on the origins of HIV and HTLV. His postdoctoral on viral fitne3ss and HIV drug resistance at Case Western Reserve led him back to Africa to Head the Virology Laboratory at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) where he supported the Development of Antiretroviral Therapy in Africa (DART) and subsequently a cluster-randomized equivalence trial funded by CDC and the Medical Research Council (MRC –UK) to study extensive HIV resistance employing molecular techniques. He joined IHVN in 2010, where he serves as the Director of Laboratory Research applying his wealth of experience in molecular virology to implement genomics capacity at IHVN. He received a senior Fellowship award from the European and Developing Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) a viral discovery grant from NIH/Abbott and he is co-PI on a R01 grant on Microbiome and Health Outcomes Among HIV-Exposed Uninfected Infants in Nigeria (1RO1HD076682-01A1). He is a member of the PharmAccess Technical Advisory board for resistance evaluation in Africa. He has served as a consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO). He is author and co-author of over 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

 

Dr. Ahmad Aliyu

Director/HOD Strategic Information Department

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As Director and Head of Strategic Information Department in the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), Dr. Ahmad Aliyu, provides leadership for strategic information activities and staff. He ensures that data generated are used for program planning and policy development, and tracts the Institute's progress in achieving set goals and targets.

 

Under his purview includes, updating strategic information guidelines, standards and manuals as well as ensuring quality and timely reports. Dr. Aliyu gives technical guidance in developing plans and implementing data quality assessment. He oversees best practices in the collection, reporting and management of data at health facility, regional and national levels. He also collaborates with donor agencies, the government and other partners for monitoring and evaluation of HIV programs.

 

Dr. Aliyu is an alumni of the University of Maryland Baltimore where he obtained a Masters of Public Health. He also has a Master's in Business Administration from the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Ilorin. He is an Associate Fellow of the National Post Graduate Medical College and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management.

 

Dr. Aliyu brings to the Institute extensive knowledge in managing and implementing quality health programs. He has over 15 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, community medicine and provision of medical services. Before joining IHVN, he was the Unit Lead for Strategic Information at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he supervised surveys and surveillance, health management information systems and monitoring and evaluation.

 

He has attended several trainings in the areas of epidemiology, ethics, public health evaluation, antiretroviral therapy and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). He is married with children and loves swimming, reading and playing tennis.

 

Mojisola Orekoya

Director, Grants Management

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Mrs. Mojisola Orekoya is the Director of the Grants Management Department of the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN). Apart from managing the workflow of contracts and grants specialists, she searches for grants and contract opportunities, coordinates and reviews grants and contract proposals on behalf of the Institute. Mrs. Orekoya executes and manages all sub awards processes including budget submissions for grant proposals. In addition, she signs grants and contract proposals on behalf of the Institute. She also oversees the review and negotiation of triaged agreements and remains current on policies and procedures. Ensuring compliance with policies of donor organizations and Institutional Review Board and acting in liaison between IHVN and other organizations falls within her purview.


Mrs. Orekoya has been working with IHVN for almost five years, first as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer/Managing Director, then as the Acting Head of Department of Grants Management Department, Manager of the Grants and Contracts and then as Associate Director of the same department. She has over 26 years of professional working experience – five years as a Bank Supervisor at Wema Bank Plc. Nigeria; 17 years at Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria where she rose from a Trainee Accountant, Payroll Accountant, Funding Officer, Reconciliation Accountant, Business Accountant, Senior Financial Accountant (Tax) to a Financial Analyst.

 

She is an alumnus of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi where she obtained a Master's in Business Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. Mrs. Orekoya was educated at the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos where she earned a Higher National Diploma and National Diploma in Accountancy. She has partially completed her Professional Part 2 for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a global body for professional accountants. Her hobbies are reading and counseling. She is happily married with children.

 

Dr. Aaron Onah

Associate Director and Head, Health Systems Strengthening and Program Evaluation

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As Associate Director and Head, Health Systems Strengthening and Program Evaluation, Dr. Onah supervises the Institute's efforts in strengthening and evaluation health systems in supported facilities.

 

He supervises the institute's efforts in strengthening systems for sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness in delivery of health services at different levels of care. Dr. Onah provides technical and managerial oversight in the planning, implementation and monitoring of HSS policies and initiatives. As Associate Director, activities of sub-partners are monitored by him through the Applied Management Unit. He also ensures that new innovations and technologies put in place by the New Initiative and Technology Unit are used in health facilities.

 

Dr. Onah, who has over 30 years' experience in the medical field, obtained his MBBS from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and his Masters in Public Health from the University of Lagos. He is a Public Health Specialist with extensive work in health system strengthening, capacity building, operational research, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, project design and management, immunization and monitoring and evaluation.

 

Dr. Aaron Onah has worked with, and carried out consultancies for a variety of organizations including national, international, public, private and non-governmental organizations, some of which include, World Health Organization (WHO) and United State Agency for International Development Agency (USAID). Until his engagement with IHVN, he was Executive Director of Havilah Specialist Clinic and Consulting Limited and a Consultant, Monitoring and Evaluation in National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

 

He is an Associate Fellow of the National Post-graduate Medical College of Nigeria and a member of the training sub-committee of the State Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee on Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses. Playing badminton and lawn tennis are his hobbies and he is married with children.

 

Dr. Nadia A. Sam-Agudu

Technical Advisor, Pediatric ART Program

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Dr. Nadia A. Sam-Agudu is the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) Technical Advisor, Pediatric ART program. She is responsible for administrative management and provision of technical advice for the pediatric ART program which provides care and treatment to over 15,000 children in Nigeria. She also mentors pediatric providers to ensure adherence to guidelines on patient management issues, clinical policies and operations issues.

 

Dr. Nadia, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, USA. She is also a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society and the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), She, obtained her medical degree from Mayo Medical School, Minnesota USA and completed Residency in Pediatrics and Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, at the University of Minnesota, USA.

She also earned a Certificate in Tropical Medicine from the University of Minnesota, and has also participated in one of the Gorgas tropical medicine courses at the Alexander von Humbolt Tropical Medicine Institute, Lima, Peru. She has a Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary/African Studies from the University of Virginia, USA. Dr. Nadia has several research presentations, grants and honors and publications to her credit.

 

She is married with two children and enjoys culinary arts, sports, and sampling different kinds of music.

 

Dr. Saswata Dutt

Senior Technical Advisor, HIV/TB/DR-TB

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Dr. Saswata Dutt is the IHVN Senior Technical Advisor-HIV/TB/DR-TB. Dr. Dutt is responsible for integrating HIV/TB, at all levels, particularly at IHVN supported facilities. He is also working to ensure that 3I's (Intensive case findings, Isoniazid Preventive Therapy and Infection Control) are implemented in all IHVN sites for HIV/TB co-infected patients.

 

Dr. Dutt has over 30 years of experience in the medical field including more than thirteen years in public health programmes, clinical research, medical consultancy and medical advisory of HIV/AIDS and TB (DS & DR-TB).

He has worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) as HIV-TB Adviser in Swaziland, Southern Africa and also with World Health Organization (WHO) as a Medical Consultant in HIV/TB coordination and Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) in India. During his tenure with WHO India, the team implemented the HIV-TB coordination in the entire state of Bihar in India (a population of more than 100 million people), with request from Bihar State AIDS Control Agency.

 

Dr. Dutt has an MBBS from Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, Jharkhand, India and did his Residency training in Post Graduate Medical University, Budapest, Hungary in 1990. He also has a Fellowship in HIV Medicine from the premier institution, School of Tropical Medicine and Medical College, Kolkota, India.

 

He enjoys music, playing tennis and driving.


 

Mrs. Asabe Gomwalk

Associate Director, Community Medicine

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As Associate Director, Community Medicine, Mrs. Asabe Gomwalk directs program planning and implementation efforts geared towards giving comprehensive and quality palliative care services to people living with and affected by HIV, TB, malaria and other infectious and non-infectious diseases. She coordinates the provision of care and support services such as, primary prevention of HIV transmission and secondary infection, psychological care, socio economic support, counseling, education and community home based care services at both facility and community levels.

 

Mrs. Gomwalk is also involved in the development of guidelines, job aids and tools for delivery of clinical and community services to patients. Giving technical, operational and administrative leadership, training and mentoring to program staff and health care workers in facilities and community and faith based organizations falls under her line of duties. She also participates in budget development for health facilities based on priorities and critical needs. Mrs. Gomwalk engages in and supervises community mobilization efforts with a passionate interest in working with PLHIV on Income Generating Activities (IGA) in order to achieve self-sustainability measures and provision of nutritional services for patients under the projects implemented by the Institute.

 

She has over 30 years of experience in nursing and community services practices with about 20 years in high level management of HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), tuberculosis, care and support and other preventive programs in the country. Mrs. Gomwalk is a nurse educator and has worked in that capacity in the School of Midwifery in Vom, and the state Ministry of Health in Plateau State as the RH/FP Training and Life Savings Skills Coordinator. She has participated in several trainings and workshops within and outside the country. She is also a member of the National Care &Support Technical Working Committee, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and the Working Committee on Girl Child Education.

Mrs. Gomwalk is a Registered Nurse and Midwife with a Diploma in Nursing Education obtained from Kaduna Polytechnic. She is also an alumnus of the University of Jos from where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration.

 

Dr. Sunny Olukunle Philips

Associate Director, Training

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Dr. Sunny Olukunle Philips is the Associate Director, Training. He provides strategic coordination and implementation support for capacity building components of grants managed by the Institute. These include target-oriented implementation of these activities through cost effective mobilization of resources for capacity building for personnel directly or indirectly involved in health service delivery in the country.

 

Dr. Philips, who is a member of the West African College of Physicians, was until his appointment as HOD, Training the Institute's Senior Program Officer in the Clinical Services Department of IHVN in charge of South-South/South East, Nigeria as Regional Manager. He coordinated hub, satellite and HCT health facilities that provided HIV medications and care. He also developed work plans and deployed available resources to reach set targets and deliverables in mitigating HIV/AIDS in the region.

 

He read medicine at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Sagamu in Ogun State and earned a Master's degree in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics from the University of Pompeu Fabara Idec in Spain. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Olabisi Onabanjo University and another Master's in Business Administration from University of Ado-Ekiti.

Dr. Philips is a member of the West Africa College of Community Physician, Nigeria Medical Association, International AIDS Society and the America Society of Health Economists. His hobbies include singing, playing the trumpet, reading and public speaking. He is married with children.

 

Avong Yohanna Kambai

Associate Director, Pharmacy

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As the Associate Director, Pharmacy, Mr. Avong Yohanna Kambai coordinates the pharmaceutical services of the Institute for effective program output. He also provides overall management of the pharmacy division, pharmacovigilance, pharmaceutical care and drug logistic services of the Institute.

 

Prior to joining the Institute, Avong had served in the private pharmaceutical sector for over 17 years in different pharmaceutical firms at different capacities. He was the Northern Manager with the Alpha Pharmacy Limited for nine years. He served as the Secretary in the Narcotic Tender Committee and provided technical assistance to the Federal Government of Nigeria for the importation of Narcotics for the public sector. He isan expert in drug regulatory, pharmaceutical care and drug importation with skills in planning, developing and implementing public health initiatives across multiple partners, especially in resource limited settings.

 

Mr. Avong is also the Drug Manager in the START study, an international randomized trial managed and conducted by the International Network for Strategic Initiatives in Global HIV Trials (INSIGHT) with primary support by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He has presented abstracts on adherence to antiretroviral therapy and other areas of HIV/TB care at international conferences. Mr. Avong has been involved in several researches one of which was the assessment of the level of adherence to antiretroviral therapy in the North-Central Nigeria.His current research interest is developing a national strategy for improving adherence to antiretroviral therapy in Nigeria.

 

Mr. Avong holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy, Master of Public Health and qualifications in drug logistics from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; the University of the Western Cape, South Africa and the Crown Agents, United Kingdom respectively. He is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, UK. His hobby is listening to gospel music and reading the Holy Scriptures. He is happily married with children.

 

Dr. Helen Omuh

Associate Director, Clinical Services

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Dr. Helen Omuh provides mentorship and training to clinicians and pharmacists for improved HIV care and treatment in the Institute’s supported facilities. This involves giving assistance on efficient operations of clinics, patient referral network and implementation of integrated quality health services.

 

As Associate Director Clinical Services, Dr. Omuh also carries out regular program reviews and gives guidance on incorporation of best practices into programming. She supervises the development and adaptation of relevant guidelines and job aids in line with national standards and gives technical support in the compilation of monthly, quarterly and annual reports and work plans.

 

Within the Institute, she has held positions of Senior Program Officer and Regional Manager of the North-Central Region. Dr. Omuh has also worked in the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital as Senior Registrar and in Plateau State Specialist Hospital as Medical Officer.

 

She obtained a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery Degree from the University of Jos and a Masters in Clinical Research from the University of Maryland Baltimore. She is a Fellow of the National Postgraduate College and has participated in several trainings and scientific meetings within and outside the country.

 

Dr. Yusuf Oche Baba

Associate Director, FCT Region

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As Regional Manager of the FCT Region, he supervises the HIV care, treatment and prevention of mother-to-child services being offered in 49 hospitals. He collaborates with non-governmental organizations working at various communities with the Institute in the region to address HIV

 

He also channels the efforts of the staff to ensure quality of treatment and care, in line with national guidelines and operating procedures. Planning and managing medical activities to meet set targets of addressing HIV, TB and other infectious diseases in the region is also handled by him.

 

Dr. Oche, who is a graduate of Medicine from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria,has a Masters in Health Management from Benue State University Makurdi. He has about 10 years' experience in the medical field and was the former Project Coordinator for AIDS Relief Program at Vincent Hospital Aliade, Benue State. He has attended several trainings on HIV care and made abstract presentations on HIV and tuberculosis.

 

He speaks English, Idoma, Hausa and Igala and loves watching football and traveling. He is married with three children.

 

Chinwe Ezeaku

Associate Director Laboratory

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As Associate Director Laboratory, Chinwe Ezeaku, heads laboratory field operations and provides technical assistance and supervision to ensure quality laboratory services are provided in all facilities supported by the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN).

 

She makes sure that people who access treatment at supported facilities are administered the stipulated tests at the right time, in line guidelines and stipulated standard of care. Monitoring Laboratory Officers at the regional offices for commitment to meeting the Institute's objectives also falls within her care.

 

Before joining IHVN, she was Principal Medical Laboratory Scientist and the Head Laboratory Units with Wuse and Gwarinpa General Hospitals of the Health and Human Services Department of the Federal Capital Territory Administration in Abuja, Nigeria. Within the Institute, she has held several positions such as Senior Program Officer and Program Manager Clinical Laboratory Services where she planned, and organized for laboratory commodities and developed standard operating procedures to guide laboratory services. She also trained laboratory staff and managed laboratory statistical data on assays run at IHVN supported sites.

 

Chinwe holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She had attended several workshops on supply chain management of laboratory commodities, HIV serology, and laboratory management amongst other areas in public health. She enjoys reading, listening to radio and meeting people.

 

Dr. Igboelina Onyeka Donald

Associate Director, PEPFAR

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Dr. Donald Igboelina provides country-wide coordination to the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria's ACTION-PlusUPProject. This Project is funded by the US Government PEPFAR Program through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this capacity, Dr. Igboelina provides technical and organizational leadership in the design, implementation and monitoring of HIV Care and Treatment programs in support of Government of Nigeria's strategic plans.


Before his position as Associate Director, Dr. Igboelina supervised the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria's activities in the Southern Region as Regional Manager covering South East and South South states of Edo, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Imo, Rivers, Enugu and Balyesa. He coordinated the Institute's effort to mitigate HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other infectious diseases in these states. He also managed a team of 35 staff to carry out regional activities such as Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives and Health Systems Strengthening in health facilities supported by the Institute.

 

He received his medical training at the University of Benin, Nigeria. He is also an alumnus of the University of Liverpool, where he obtained a Master's Degree in Public Health. With over ten years' experience in Programmatic and Clinical Management of Infectious Diseases including HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Multi-Drug Resistant TB. Dr. Igboelina has worked in varying capacities within the Institute including, Senior Program Officer-Clinical Services, Regional Program officer-Medical and Clinical Associate. He has participated in numerous trainings within and outside Nigeria and is a member of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN). His research interests include Stigma, and HIV care & treatment Systems Modelling.

He enjoys reading and jogging. He is happily married with three children

 

Dr. Aderonke Vivian Agbaje

Associate Director, Global Fund Programs

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Dr. Aderonke Vivian Agbaje provides oversight for effective planning and implementation reporting and review of all Global Fund grants awarded to IHVN including the GF Round 9 multi-drug resistant tuberculosis grant for which IHVN is Principal Recipient. She guides staff and partners to develop strategies, carry out activities, document results and manage finance and logistics for the grant.


As Associate Director, she represents the Institute at national committees to review national policies and guidelines that affect Global Fund activities in the country. She also provides technical briefs and strategic information to key stakeholders such as Global Fund and the Federal Ministry of Health.

 

She has worked within the Institute as Coordinator and Manager of Global Fund Programs and as Program Officer Strategic Information. Before assuming responsibilities in IHVN, she was Regional Manager in charge of Kano, Borno, Plateau and Abuja at Clear Line International Limited, a health maintenance organization. Dr. Ronke had also worked as Senior Medical Officer in Lagoons Hospital Ikeja where she was the VCT/PMTCT officer

 

Dr. Agbaje graduated from the University of Ibadan with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and has over 14 years of experience in the medical field. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Nigerian Institute of Management and has a Master's Degree in Public Health at the University of Manchester, UK. She has attended several trainings and workshops.

Dr. Agbaje is married and loves swimming and reading.

 

Nicholas Ezati

Associate Director Laboratory (TB)

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As Associate Director Laboratory (TB), Nicholas Ezati coordinates activities in the BSL 3 National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory in Zaria. He supervises technical and non-technical staff in the laboratory, conducts trainings on advanced TB diagnostics, TB molecular HAINS (assay), GENE Xpert, TB culture and other relevant areas.


He has also made significant contributions in the MDR-TB survey, TB prevalence survey and Bovine TB study. Nicholas is involved in the mentoring of staff and set up of Zonal TB reference laboratories within the country. His expertise has been useful in the development of national documents, guidelines and plans.

 

Before resuming responsibilities at Institute of Human Virology Nigeria, Nicholas was Senior Laboratory Technologist/Supervisor at the Supra National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory in Kampala, Uganda. He was instrumental in the transformation of the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory, Uganda into a Supranational Reference Laboratory, the second of such in sub-saharan Africa.

He educated at Makerere University Kampala, Uganda, where he earned both a Master's degree in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences and Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Laboratory Technology. He also earned a Higher Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology from the same University. Nicholas has attended trainings on multi-drug resistant TB, TB and quality systems management. He enjoys mountain climbing, tree planting and reading of motivational and religious literature.

 

Fati Murtala-Ibrahim

Associate Director Strategic Information

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As Associate Director Strategic Information, Fati Murtala-Ibrahim provides technical guidance in the collection, analysis and reportage of program data. She oversees the development of the M&E planand ensures that targets are distributed appropriately. She provides guidance on the development and modification of guidelines, standards and manuals for data management processes. Routine data quality assessments are also carried out with her support and she oversees the forecasting and management of data collection tools. Mrs. Fati-Murtala Ibrahim gives technical guidance on the implementation of the SI workplan and participates in the development of M&E tools.


Her experience in public health and community pharmacy spans a period of 12 years. She has held several positions within the Institute such as Senior Program Officer, Indicator Reporting and Head of Monitoring Unit.

 

Fati Murtala-Ibrahim trained as a Pharmacist in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and has obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the same institution. She also earned a Postgraduate certificate in Public Health from the University of Manchester and is currently studying for a Masters in Public Health at Walden University, USA. She has attended trainings in management, data analysis and monitoring and evaluation. Her professional affiliations are with the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria. She is married with three children and loves reading, watching football and lawn tennis.

 

Johnson Obilikwu

Associate Director, Finance

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Johnson Obilikwu coordinates major finance functions in the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria as Associate Director, Finance. He also generates and coordinates the budget spending including the compilation of financial reports of the Institute. As Unit head, he supervises the Regional financial operations of the organization. Johnson is responsible for preparing the annual financial statements of the Institute and carrying out financial administration of multiple grants.


He read Accounting at the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, Nigeria, where he earned a Higher National Diploma graduating as the best accounting student. Johnson is also a member of two professional bodies – the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and Nigeria Institute of Taxation. He got his Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

 

Before joining Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria in February, 2005, Johnson worked with Setraco Engineering and Construction Company Limited for six years, as an Accountant. He was responsible for maintaining financial records of the Company including preparation of bank reconciliation, the administration of wages and salaries and financial reporting.

 

Johnson loves football and he also loves listening to Christian music.

 

Odunlade Olabisi

Associate Director, Finance (Payables)

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As Associate Director, Finance (Payables) one of the key duties of Odunlade Olabisi is ensuring that budgets conform to procedures, policies and organizational objectives. Apart from reviewing budgets for efficiency and effectiveness, she makes sure that invoices are validated for timely processing.


She played a major role in the implementation of ACCPAC, an accounting software, by mentoring and training staff on its use. Her supervisory duties extend to staff responsible for payroll, petty imprests and various grants. She also certifies that proper accounting and coding of charges is done for expenditure as well as ledger balances.

 

Olabisi's experience in planning, budgeting, forecasting, account payables and receivables and cost control has been gained for 15 years. She is an alumnus of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi where she earned an MBA in 2001 and she did her undergraduate studies in business administration at University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. She loves reading and walking. She is married with children.

 

Hosea Ezekiel Sukkushe

Associate Director, Human Resources

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Hosea Sukkushe handles human resource management as Associate Director Human Resource in the Institute. He designs, reviews and maintains human resource management policies. He also develops, implements and updates performance management systems. In addition, he handles reward and discipline in the organization. His range of duties also includes recruitment, selection and induction of staff, supervision of human resource staff alongside coordinating staff welfare programs.


He has over 30 years' experience in administration in several public and private organizations like the Nigeria-Israeli Foundation for Agricultural Research (NIFER) and Yakubu Gowon Center. Hosea, who was a pioneer staff of the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) , has held roles such as Personnel Officer and Senior Human Resources Officer.

 

He is an alumnus of the University of Jos where he earned an Advanced Diploma in Public Administration. He had earlier obtained a Diploma in Public Administration from the same institution and recently completed a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Abuja. He earned a certificate in Human Resources Management from the Galilee International College in Israel and he is currently the chairman of the Nigerian alumni association of the college.

 

Hosea is a Special Marshal of the Nigerian Federal Road Safety Commission and his hobbies are reading, writing, traveling, farming and listening to music. He is married with three children.

 

Idenobe Omukhudu

Associate Director, Grant Management

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As Associate Director, Grants Management, Idenobe Omokhudu participates in coordinating the Institute's grants and contracts operations. This includes developing and fostering relationships withvariousgranting/donor agencies, corporations, and governments. She works with other technical departments in developing cost proposals, and in the post-award management of successful proposals. She also coordinates responses from the grants department to the Institute's external auditors concerning questions relating to the management of existing grants andthe process of generating grants proposals.


She is tasked with implementing the awards' guiding principles, policies and procedures, in compliance with funders' requirements. Preparation of and review of grants Memoranda of Understanding and Letters of Agreement between sub-partners and sub-awardees are also within her purview.Ms. Omokhudu has over 26 years of experience in banking, administration and marketing. Before joining the Institute, she has worked in Afribank as Accounts Officer and Head of Transfers, as Research and Financial Manager in Ray Investment Limited and Marketing Officer in Gateway International Bank.

 

Ms. Omukhudu has held various positions including those of Senior Administrative Officer, Office Manager and Grants Management Specialist since joining the Institute in 2005.

She is an alumna of Bendel State University, Ekpoma (now Ambrose Alli University), where she obtained a B.Sc in Economics. She also has a Master's degree in Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and has attended several trainings on negotiation, grants application and management. Her hobbies are cooking and watching movies.

 

Olafadehan Oyejola Abiodun

Associate Director, Administration

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As Associate Director Administration, Olafadehan O. Abiodun ensures the smooth running of day to day activities at the Institute. He resolves routine administrative problems, makes sure that bills are paid and tools/ consumables are available for office use. He also guarantees that routine repairs are promptly and properly carried out. Abiodun works with all departments to organize accommodation, travels and logistics; he also reviews administrative spend plans from regional and state offices on monthly basis aside coordinating administrative reports from the states and regional offices. He acts in the capacity of the Director of Administration in his absence.


Abiodun, who has over twenty –five years of cosmopolitan experience in finance, accounting, teaching and research, has worked with Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria as Project Accountant, Education as Vaccine Against AIDS (EVA) as Program Coordinator and Osun State College of Technology as Lecturer, where he rose to the position of Head of Department (Financial Studies and Banking & Finance) between 1999 and 2002. His experience in development work includes consultancy for Society for Family Health (SFH) and Commonwealth Education Fund (CEF)

 

He was educated at the Universities of Ibadan and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He holds a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance and another Master’s degree in Public Administration. Abiodun is also an alumnus of University of Lagos where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Banking and Finance. He is married with children. His hobbies are reading, traveling and watching football.

 

Opute Ifeoma Rosemary

Associate Director, Procurement

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As Associate Director of the Procurement Department of the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria, Opute Rosemary plans and manages the operations of local and international procurements to ensure uninterrupted supply of equipment and materials for the Institute and its implementation sites. She also coordinates a comprehensive system that enables short and long term projection and analysis of procurement activities.


Mrs. Opute is responsible for making sure that the process of awarding contracts follows due procedures, are competitive and deliver the required quality results. Mrs. Opute also fosters team work in her department and supervises her team to ensure proper negotiation with vendors and timely delivery of items to meet the Institute's goals and objectives.

 

Her 15 years' experience is in providing supply chain management, procurement and administrative solutions to organizations. She is a graduate of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Languages. She also holds a Master's Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Mrs. Opute is a Certified International Procurement Professional and has attended several trainings both within and outside Nigeria on supply chain management, procurement, negotiation, performance management and leadership skills.

 

She has good listening and problem solving skills and is married with children. Watching inspirational talks and meeting people are her hobbies.

 

Dr. John Kwari

Program Manager Clinical/ Regional Manager Kano

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Dr. John Kwari is the Regional Manager in charge of North-Central Regional office of IHVN in Jos. As the Regional Manager, he is responsible for steering the efforts of regional staff in developing work plans and implementing them to mitigate the effect of HIV, TB, malaria and other infectious and non-infectious diseases.


He has also served as the Regional Manager of the IHVN North-West Regional office in Kano and Program Officer in the Clinical Services Department responsible for supervising the implementation of HIV clinical services at supported hospitals, mentoring, monitoring and evaluating health care programs among other duties.

 

He has over 29 years of experience in public health service having served with the Borno State Hospitals Management Board, the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) and Faith Alive Foundation Hospital, Jos. Dr. Kwari is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri where he obtained the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) degree in 1987. He is also an alumnus of the University of Lagos, where he obtained a Master's degree in Public Health in 2002. He has attended several trainings on adult antiretroviral therapy, adult learning and facilitation skills, quality improvement, statistical methods in epidemiology and management of tuberculosis among others.

Dr. Kwari is married with three children and loves football, athletics, golf and reading.

 

Dr. Bashir M. Zubayr

Program Manager Clinical/ Regional Manager, North-West Region

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Dr. Bashir M. Zubayr is the Program Manager in charge of the North-West Region. As the IHVN Regional Manager, he is responsible for day-to-day administration, design, implementation, coordination and evaluation of the Institute's programs on HIV, TB, malaria care and treatment as well as health systems strengthening in theregion. He steers the team of inter-disciplinary staff towards achieving set targets and goals and represents IHVN in meetings at state and local government area levels to plan and implement jointly funded programs.


Before assuming the responsibilities of a Regional Manager, Dr. Bashir was the Program Lead, Pediatric ART Care, Deputy Regional Manager North West Region and IHVN Clinical Associate, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. He brings on board wealth of experience in health management with over ten years in Program Implementation, Monitoring and evaluation, Budget Administration & Analysis, Grant Research & Management and Capacity building and development.

 

Dr. Bashir is a fellow of the West African College of Physicians, a member of the Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Pediatric Association of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Medical Association. Watching and playing football are his hobbies and he is married with three children.

 

Dr. Oluokun Young

FCT Regional Manager

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Dr. Oluokun Oluyomi Young is Program Manager coordinates and supervises hospitals that IHVN supports to provide comprehensive ARV services, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and HIV testing and counselling and TB services in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Region. He organizes all regional activities in line with IHVN goals and supervises staff quality service delivery. He manages all activities in the region which encompasses the Federal Capital Territory and Kaduna State, in line with IHVN goals and set targets.

 

With experience in the medical field spanning over 14 years, Dr. Oluokun has worked in several capacities within the Institute including, Program Manager Medical, Clinical Associate and Medical Program Officer. He was also Medical Officer at Asokoro District Hospital, and several other private health institutions. He is an alumnus of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. He has Master’s Degree in Public Health and Post Graduate diploma in Management from Texila America University, Guayana and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria respectively. He is a member of Nigeria Medical Association, Association of Public Health Physicians, America Association of Physician Leadership, as well as International Society of Quality in Healthcare.

 

Dr. Oluokun has several research publications to his credit and has attended trainings in management, quality management, epidemiology, biostatistics, logistics and antiretroviral treatment. His hobbies are discussing political economy, business consultancy, sports, and recently farming. He is married with children.

 

 

Dr. Chike R.Ezeanya

Acting Regional Manager Southern Region

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As Acting Regional Manager of the South Regional Office, Dr. Ezeanya Chike oversees planning, development and implementation of activities to meet set objectives of the Institute’s HIV and tuberculosis programs. He monitors processes and activities to ensure compliance to the organization’s policies and supervises a team of 26 staff to maintain quality care of patients in the 38 facilities and eleven states supported by IHVN in the region.

 

Prior to assuming the responsibilities of Ag. Regional Manager, Dr. Ezeanya served as a Senior Program Officer of the Institute supervising, mentoring and offering technical support to staff of supported hospitals. He also liaised between management of hospitals and the Institute for effective program implementation. His over 10 years’ experience includes work in private and public hospitals.

 

Dr. Ezeanya is an alumnus of University of Nigeria Nsukka, where he obtained a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery. He has earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Benin and attended several courses on HIV and TB clinical management, epidemiology and leadership.

 

He enjoys reading, picnicking, traveling and carrying out works of charity and is married with one child.

 

 

Dr. Olayemi Olupitan

Acting Regional Manager South Western Region

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Dr. Olayemi Olupitan oversees the Institute’s program in the South-Western States of Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti. She provides leadership in the coordination and management of all activities in the region including but not limited to technical activities and operations in line with set goals and targets, while establishing and maintaining good working relationship at State and Local Government levels, with partners and staff of supported Health Facilities.

 

She supervises and mentors Health Care Workers at Health Facilities supported by the Institute and supervises over 40 regional staff for effective implementation of HIV, tuberculosis and drug-resistant tuberculosis programs. Dr. Olupitan also organizes regular regional program review meetings to ensure periodic assessment of the program.

 

Within the Institute, Dr. Olupitan has worked as Program Associate at National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Training center (NTBLTC); as Program Officer TB/HIV, Central Office Abuja and as Regional Medical Officer/Senior Program Officer in the Lagos Regional Office.

 

She studied Medicine at Igbinedion University Okada, Edo State and has a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Warwick in England. Dr. Olupitan is a member of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) and has facilitated and participated in numerous trainings/workshops within and outside Nigeria.

 

She is interested in HIV and TB research and enjoys reading, cooking and traveling.

 

 

Dr. Clifford Umeh

Acting State Manager Benue

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Dr. Clifford Umeh provides leadership in the coordination and management of the Institute’s activities in Benue State. He ensures a good working relationship at State and Local Government levels, with partners and staff of supported health facilities. Facilitating communication, collaboration, task sharing and team work among IHVN staff and partners to achieve set goals, objectives and available resources also falls under his purview.

 

Dr. Umeh supervises and mentors over 50 IHVN state staff and health care workers at IHVN supported health facilities for effective implementation of HIV, tuberculosis and drug-resistant tuberculosis programs. He also liaises with health facilities and the state ministry to address programmatic and operational challenges and develops innovative approaches to achieve organizational goals.

 

Before assuming the responsibilities of Benue State Manager, he held several positions in the Institute including Lead, ART Cascade Management (CMT), Senior Technical Officer AMAC Epidemic control Team on UNAIDs Vision 90-90-90 and FCT Regional Program Officer Clinical. He has worked in both private and public health sectors within and outside Nigeria in the areas of adult and pediatric antiretroviral therapy, TB/HIV management and MDR-TB management.

 

He studied Medicine at the University of Lagos, where he also obtained a Master of Public Health Degree. Dr. Umeh is a member of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) and Society for Public Health Practitioners of Nigeria. He has facilitated and participated in numerous certifications trainings/workshops within and outside Nigeria. He is interested in HIV and TB Research and enjoys reading, meeting people, traveling and Taekwondo.

 

 

Edwina Jiy Mang

State Manager, Nasarawa

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As State Manager, Nasarawa State, Mrs. Edwina Mang coordinates the implementation of integrated HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment activities in the state. She liaises with the government, stakeholders and partners for smooth execution of plans and achievement of the Institute's objectives. Mrs. Mang also liaises between the Institute and key health facility personnel to address programmatic operation and administrative issues that arise. Ensuring accurate and monthly reporting of program finances and progress status falls within her range of duties.

 

Before assuming the responsibilities of Nasarawa State Manager, she supervised the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT), Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and pediatric care and support services in the Institute as Program Manager Maternal Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH).

 

Edwina Mang has over 25 years’ experience working with international and national non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations and civil society organizations at managerial and leadership levels in the private and public sectors in Nigeria. Her areas of specialty are maternal and child health, family planning, sexual and reproductive health, adult and pediatric HIV/AIDS counseling, and counseling.

 

She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Administration and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Imo State University and has an advanced Diploma in Health and Social Services Management from the University of Jos. She is presently pursuing her second Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) through the Peoples Open Access University (Peoples Uni). She has attended several courses on community-based prevention and treatment and counseling in HIV and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her hobbies are watching football, travelling and listening to music. She is widowed and a mother to five children grandchildren. She also has several adopted children.

 

 

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